Our Stanmore Bay Centre

Management / Administration

Amy Thynne – Centre Manager

Hi my name is Amy Thynne and I am an experienced fully qualified and registered Early Childhood Teacher. I live on the gorgeous Hibiscus Coast with my family and I have two awesome teenage boys who are the apples of my eye and who I couldn’t be prouder of. I really enjoy working with our Educators, children and their families and supporting everyone to achieve the very best early childhood experience possible. I really value working alongside Apples Childcare and Learning Centre and the Apples philosophies of “Growing each child through connections to family, community and nature”.

Michele Harris – 2IC

I believe play stimulates children’s cognitive social and emotional development. I will show them that I do honor their play and do value them as individuals. I will respect each child’s “self-identity.” I will ensure that I give positive evaluation of the children’s learning therefore fostering their self-efficacy, endeavoring to increase their thirst for knowledge. Above all I will listen to the children’s voices.

Belinda Dean – Administration/Reception

Hi, my name is Belinda Dean and I live in Orewa. I have three beautiful daughters and a grandaughter. I work in Reception/Administration. I strive to model respect, patience and care for children and adults I come in contact with. I believe children have the right to have their needs met and receive the proper education while in the care of their caregivers.


Samantha Smith – Preschool Head Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Sam. I have two beautiful children, Ethan and Opal. I have my bachelor of Education which I completed in 2016. I love being with the children, we learn so much from these little individuals. I started working at Apples in the babies room as a parent reliever and ended up loving it so much that I started my studies.

Fiona Wallis – Preschool Teacher

Hi, my name is Fiona Wallis, I arrived in New Zealand in 2007 from the UK with my husband, son and daughter. Since 2000 I have been working with children both in primary and preschool education. My philosophy is based on nurturing and caring – making each child feel special and important. I like to encourage children and feel privileged to be part of their preschool journey. I look forward to meeting you all and working with the children.

Rachel Fowler – Preschool Teacher

Hello. My name is Rachel. I have a beautiful daughter, Lilly-Belle who attends Apples.

After 14 years hairdressing, I have decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood. This is something I have always been very interested and passionate about.

I love watching children grow and learn through play interacting with one another and being able to share this journey with is very exciting and rewarding.


Sophie Turnbull – Toddler Head Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Sophie and I’m a qualified, fully registered early childhood teacher. I live locally on the coast in Whangaparaoa and am a mother of four. I am very passionate about working with the toddler age group. I believe in building warm, fun and loving relationships that empowers our toddlers to work and learn alongside others. I feel very privileged to be a part of their learning journey.

Candy Morgan – Toddler Teacher

My personal Philosophy is about building relationships with children, built on trust and respect. I believe in child-led learning and discovery with support from the Teacher; Enabling children to learn at their own pace and encouraged to make their own choices and decisions as they gain more knowledge; Growing confident and competent children.


Harpreet Sandhu – Infant Teacher

Hi everyone my name is Harpreet Sandhu. In my family, I have one beautiful daughter and husband. I have completed my post graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. My passion is cooking with infants and toddlers. I believe in having loving, caring and respectful relationships with the children.

Molly Billington – Infant Teacher
Carina Pinder – Infant Teacher
Charlene Cloete – Infant Teacher

My name is Charlene. I am originally from Cape Town in South Africa but now I call New Zealand home. I love being a mum to my two daughters. I would love to complete my early childhood qualifications, I believe that through play children learn about their environment and the world around them.